Despite the constant development of the automotive industry, there is, unfortunately, no substitute for snow chains for the time being. So when the first snow of the year settles, you better have those snow chains ready or else you’re going to have a bad time. This being said, you might find it difficult to choose the right chains for your car unless you take the time to educate yourself on what the market has to offer. To save you the trouble of going through the process by yourself, we put together a list of the ten best tire snow chains for cars money can buy.
10Zip Grip Go Cleated Tire Traction Device
This package comes with 10 traction tires that can be adjusted to fit any tire size up to 22 inches. These devices are perfect for alloy and aluminum rims although they shouldn’t be used on steel rims unless you absolutely have to. As for the actual chains, let us point out that these devices will work not only for snow but mud or ice as well. Furthermore, thanks to their dual directional cleats, they will also help you when your vehicle is stuck in the snow/mud.
9Trac-Grabber – The “Get Unstuck” Traction Solution
Although they’re not snow chains in the traditional sense, these blocks will help you get unstuck from snow, mud, or sand as quickly as possible. These blocks are lightweight, easy to install, very safe to use, and quite affordable. Not only that but they are also designed to provide good performances in any weather conditions, which might explain why they’re so popular to begin with.
8Cobra Cable Passenger Snow Traction Tire Chains
Quality Chain is known for making quality snow traction tire chains and the Cobra Cable is no different. These chains allow you to attach rubber adjusters to them so as to best fit your particular car, even though they might work well without them. They also have an SAE Class ‘S’ Clearance that makes them more adaptable when trying to fit them on a car. On top of this, they are also surprisingly sturdy and resistant given their seemingly subtle design.
7Thule CS10 Super-Premium Passenger Car Snow Chains
Thanks to their superior quality steel construction, these chains are guaranteed to last you for a very long time. They also come with allow wheel bumpers to protect the wheels from damage, even though the chains are self-tensioning and unlikely to do so. Furthermore, these chains benefit from color-coded assembly points that make them easy to install on any type of tire as long as they fit.
6Glacier 1042 Passenger Cable Tire Chains
These chains come equipped with case hardened steel rollers on cable cross members, a construction that makes them tougher than standard show chains. At the same time, they have a type ‘S’ limited clearance which makes them suitable for both front and rear wheel drive vehicles. Also worth mentioning is that they meet all state requirements for cable traction devices, which is always something to look for when buying show chains.
5Peerless 0155505 Auto-Trac Tire Chains
Due to their worry-free self-tightening ratchets, these chains provide automatic tightening and centering. This makes it easy to get them installed and removed when necessary, sometimes within the span of just a few minutes. This being said, we should point out that you shouldn’t go faster than 30 mph with the chains on for obvious reasons. On a related note, these chains boast a diamond pattern cross aimed at providing superior traction in heavy snow conditions.
4Thule 12mm CB12 Passenger Car Snow Chains
These chains enjoy a superior quality steel construction with a much smaller gauge than standard show chains, thus able to provide more driving comfort. Interestingly enough, these chains have color coded assembly points that make them very easy to install in a timely fashion. Furthermore, they have dual-sided D-shaped links to provide greater traction, a design that also increases their durability.
3Security Chain Company SZ143 Super Z6 Cable Chains
What makes these particular chains stand out is their versatility. We say this because these chains will fit most passenger cars, pickups, or SUVs out there, which is always a good thing when talking about snow chains. Thanks to their built-in rubber tighteners, you won’t have to stop and retighten the chains after installing them. Not only that but they also provide a much better all-around traction performance than conventional tire chains.
2SZ335 Shur Grip Z Passenger Car Tire Traction Chains
Shur Grip Z passenger Car Tire Traction Chains are some of the best snow chains in this price range. They benefit from a class S cable chain design which when combined with their included rubber tighteners make them very easy to install. They also provide much better traction than standard snow chains while offering a smooth ride regardless of how thick the snow is. They do so thanks to their ingenious construction without slowing down the car in any way.
1ZT729 Super Z LT Light Truck and SUV Tire Traction Chains
There are perhaps no better snow chains for cars than Security Chain’s ZT729 which are designed to fit most light trucks and SUVs out there. They are also very easy to install, a process that shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes if you know what you’re doing. As you would expect, these chains come with rubber tighteners to ensure that you won’t have any issues setting them up on the wheels. Last but not least, you will find that these snow chains are also among the most affordable snow chains this size.